Victoria's hotspots residents welcome future lockdowns amid outbreak
Business owners in some of Melbourne's coronavirus hotspot locations say they would support localised lockdowns to overcome Victoria's virus outbreak, provided they received government support.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today confirmed health authorities are considering putting coronavirus hotspots in lockdown after the state recorded another 49 new COVID-19 cases.
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Just four of the new cases have been linked to known outbreaks, with the source of infection still under investigation in the remaining 45.
The number of people being treated in hospital has also increased from five to seven, with one person seriously unwell in intensive care.
Localised stay-at-home orders are still being discussed, the premier said.
"If that is deemed the appropriate public health response, then that is what we'll do," Mr Andrews said.
Broadmeadows barber Wassim Baltaji told 9News he's happy to make the sacrifice of closing his business in the name of public health.
"Lock down. I'm happy – I agree with them. I'm the first person (to) agree to close my shop," he said.
That same sentiment was echoed on the streets of Broadmeadows, where residents said they would also abide by any future lockdown requirements.
"If I've got to quarantine for 14 days, I'm happy to quarantine so long as I can get my essentials," Dennis, a Broadmeadows resident told 9News.
"Life is more important than anything else. What use (is it to) have to your money if you don't have life?" another resident said.
It comes as a $1500 hardship payment has been made available for anyone unable to work after testing positive to COVID-19.
Despite that, Mr Baltaji said the payments would mean little to residents who don't already know how to access help.
"The problem is, a lot of people from this area are uneducated. How do you go to Centrelink or how to fill forms? You need people to support them," he said.
"You need people – specialist people – to come to help everyone here."